While some build incredibly dull things with thousands of LEGO bricks, Carl Merriam used as little as 1,400 to create this impressive Cthulhu statue known as The Madness from the Sea.
Carl is a LEGO artist who creates and exhibits his work under the alias The Brick Laboratory. Before building this magnificent LEGO Cthulhu statue
, he made some other interesting things, among which the LEGO microscope that has since been featured on CUUSO stands out. Some other notable LEGO projects of his include a soldering iron, a John Deere tractor and a StarCraft Battlecruiser.
This LEGO Cthulhu statue is fierce, to say the least. Its menacing tentacles protrude from the creature’s back and go near its mouth, just to emphasize that the Cthulhu is not be played with. This piece of art stands on a platform that in turn is surrounded by black and white small bricks that mimic water.
Carl needed 30 hours and 1,400 LEGO bricks to finish this statue, and given the way this LEGO Cthulhu looks, I’d say that the man not only has a lot of talent, but he also works very fast.
In 2013, LEGO launched its 10th series of stand-alone minifig “blind box” packs. Carl started buying these like crazy, as he wanted to put his hands on Mr. Gold. Since that didn’t happen, all he was left with was a bunch of Medusa figurines. The dark green tail of the mythological creature caught Carl’s eyes, and he struggled to think of how he could put all of those nicely color bricks to good use. Trees and branches were the first option, but that wouldn’t have impressed people that much. H.P. Lovecraft’s terrifying monster, on the other hand, is bound to make a lot of heads turn.
Thirteen such Medusa tails were used for creating the Cthulhu sculpture. Since these were far from being enough, Carl had to look for dark green bricks elsewhere. Bricklink was the source for some of them, but to make sure that he has enough, the LEGO artist proceeded to buying a bag of random green bricks on eBay, just a week before the convention.
The dark green pieces are intertwined with light green ones, and the printed art originates from a old modular dinosaur model. All these together make up this incredibly good-looking monster that could give little kids nightmares anytime.